I’m not a huge poetry fan — most likely a glitch in my DNA. But there are a few poems that absolutely delight me. The Owl and the Pussycat is one of them. Especially in the board book format, illustrated by Jan Brett.
I remember Jim Trelease (author of the beloved Read-aloud Handbook) saying that he liked reading both poetry and nursery rhymes to children because it exposes them to such wonderful vocabulary. That was an idea that I, as a young inexperienced mother, had not considered. The Owl and the Pussycat contains fantastic vocabulary! (If you’re like me, you’ll be googling “runcible spoon”!)
I love the fantastical story of a owl and cat falling in love and running away to get married. It’s still a charming short poem nearly 150 years after it was first published.
Do I love the usual baby board books like Goodnight, Moon? Of course. I’ve given away a couple dozen copies as baby gifts. But somehow The Owl and the Pussycat charms me in a way few other board books do.
I hope you and your little ones enjoy it too!
Toddler Age, 36 pages, Board Book published in 1997.